RAJPUTANA Mahi Pala circa 1266-1300 AD jital


RAJPUTANA, Mahi Pala, circa 1266-1300 AD, jital, Obverse: bull, SRI MAHI PALA, Reverse: fragmentary horseman R, billon, 15mm, 3.02g, T42, VF

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The coin is of the “Post-Shahi” anonymous period, when the Shahis were driven east into western India. Mahi Pala is known only by his name on coins.

The earliest ancient Indian coins were the “bent bar” punchmarked silvers of the Achaemenid Persians occupying Gandhara in northwest Pakistan. By the 3rd century BC coins were in general use in most of India and Ceylon, and in subsequent centuries struck round coins in gold, silver, and copper came into use throughout the subcontinent and beyond to Southeast Asia and Pacific islands to Java and beyond.